Salminger, Josef

Date of birth:
March 5th, 1903 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
October 1st, 1943 (Epeiros mountains near Klissoura, Greece)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Josef Salminger was killed on 1st October 1943 in fightings with partisans in the Epeiros mountain range near Klissoura, northeast of Thesprotikon, Greece.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 98 / 1.Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1941
Action:
The following Divisional daily order (dated 07.09.1941) from the 1. Gebirgs-Division describes how Major Salminger would receive the Knight’s Cross…

“On 29.06.1941 Major Salminger succeeded in mastering a critical situation during the bitter fighting for Brzuchnowice through his personal bravery and superb leadership. On the same day he also was able to attain his original attack objective, the commanding high ground north of Lemberg. With this an essential precondition for the capture of Lemberg was filled.

Later on 19.07.1941, the Division would encounter a critical situation during the fighting around Vinnitsa when the enemy attacked into the Division’s rear. In response to this Major Salminger launched a counterattack and after a bloody engagement was able to throw the enemy back from Zwishin back towards the East. With this Major Salminger once again was able to resolve an major threat to the Division and enable the continuation of its original mission, in this case the encirclement of Vinnitsa.

On behalf of the division I send my best wishes to Major Salminger and his battle-hardened III./Geb.Jäg.Rgt. 98. Major Salminger is the 11th Holder of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross in the 1. Gebirgs-Division.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
III. / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 98 / 1.Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
October 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1943
Red Zeljeni Trolist Second Class Cross with Oak Wreath

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